Meetings & Events

2018-2019 Meetings & Events

  • December 13th : Ray Sturdy – Vesta Tilley a Victorian Light
  • January 31st :  This meeting was cancelled because of bad weather
  • February 28th : Mary Bodfish – The King’s Loose Box – so contemporary wits named the seats at King Edward VII’s coronation specially reserved for his lady friends. Bored and frustrated as Prince of Wales, Edward enjoyed long-standing relationships with Lillie Langtree, Daisy Warwick, Jennie Churchill and Alice Keppel – four women, remarkable in their own right, whose lives are highlighted in this talk.
  • March 28th : Richard Churchley – Off to the Workhouse: the poor are always with us. Richard has entertained us in the past with music as well as interesting historical facts. This time no music but a good subject by a very interesting speaker.
  • April 25th –  Gina Maddison – author ‘The Girl from Guildford Street’.A talk by Gina Maddison about her life growing up in a working class area of Birmingham. Gina is a former retired librarian with both Birmingham and Sandwell councils with a particular interest in local and family studies.Her book, The Girl From Guildford Street 1957-1968 and published under the pen name Grace Caroline Holte, tells her story of growing up as one of the last of a generation to be brought up in a back to back house.
  • May 30th : Corrine Brazier/Steve Rice – Women in Policing    Corinne Brazier joined West Midlands Police in 2005 and 4 years ago became the first West Midlands Police Force Records Manager.
    Together with Steve Rice she is currently fundraising to secure the Steelhouse Lane Lock-up as the West Midlands Police Museum’s new home, they are working fulltime to do everything possible to make this a reality.
    Their talk at the meeting will be covering the role of women in the police force.
  • June 27th : Ned Williams – The Birmingham Onion Fair.    Returning to talk to the Society again is Ned Williams. Previously Ned gave us a talk on Pat Collins- King of Showmen, this time his talk will be on the Birmingham Onion Fair which may have had its origins in Royal Charters and the sale of onions,.
    The fair was held in Aston from 1875 until 1968. The fair endured three changes of location, but eventually settled on the Serpentine Ground, a stone’s throw from Aston Villa Football Club.
  • July 25th : AGM followed by Gina Maddison – bring along your own piece of memorabilia to share with others.
  • September 26th  :Ruth Lowe – Mary Quant Part 2. Her later life, career and designs.   Following on from her very popular talk from last year Ruth returns to tell us what happened next in the Mary Quant Story.
  • October 31st  : Marie Fogg – The Smalbroke Family of Birmingham.     Find out more about the Smalbroke family (also spelled Smallbrook), a powerful landed gentry family between the early 15th and early 19th centuries, owning large areas of land in Birmingham.
  • November 28th : Gina Maddison – Christmas at Guildford Street.
  • December 19th  : Mike Watkins – Remembering the Swinging Sixties.  A light hearted look at people, things and events of the 1960s. With audience participation encouraged, it’s an hour of laughter and fun. Remember the 60s? Of course you do!